ALMOND JOY Candy History
The Almond Joy candy bar is manufactured by Hershey's. It consists of a coconut-based center topped with one or two almonds, the combination enrobed in a layer of milk chocolate. Almond Joy is the sister product of Mounds, which is a similar confection but without the almond and coated instead with dark chocolate.
According to the Hershey Company, Peter Paul Halajian was a candy retailer in Connecticut in the early 20th century. Along with some others he formed the Winjamy Candy Manufacturing Company in 1919. The company at first sold various brands of candies, but following sugar and coconut shortages in World War II, they dropped most brands and concentrated their efforts on the Mounds bar. The Almond Joy bar was introduced in 1946, and in 1978 Peter Paul merged with the Cadbury Company. Hershey’s then purchased the United States portion of the combined company in 1988. That’s a lot of sweet deals!
Sometimes you feel like a nut / Sometimes you don't / Almond Joy's got nuts / Mounds don't